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Created a symlink but Finder shows it as an Alias

When I try to backup my iPhone, iTunes gives me an error, saying that it cannot make a Backup because the backup is damaged or not compatible. To move the backup folder I have followed the steps as ...
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Trying to get a Symlink but it turns to be an Alias

I'm trying to move my Backup folder from the SSD to another internal HD via symlink using this command: ln -s /MacintoshHD/Backup ~/Library/"Application Support"/MobileSync the problem is, when i ...
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Extract target of alias from Terminal

In my Finder windows I have many aliases that target other folders or documents. At the shell prompt in Terminal, these aliases show up as regular files. How can I get the target of an alias so that, ...
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Spotlight not finding .app created with appify

I've used a script called appify described here https://mathiasbynens.be/notes/shell-script-mac-apps to create /Applications/Emacs.app that runs the actual Emacs.app at ...
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How do I make an AppleScript use a Folder in the Contents of a Bundle for an alias on the Desktop?

I'm trying to write an AppleScript to make a temporary alias on the desktop from a folder that resides in the Bundle's Contents:Resources folder and then execute a terminal command that has an ...
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Why do my custom alias icons keep changing back to default icons?

I have created alias shortcuts for several applications on my Macbook pro Desktop and added custom icons. My problem is that every now and then when I shut off my computer or put it to sleep, the ...
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How to use “@” in user alias

I need to know how I can use the @ sign in a user alias. I run a mail server, and currently all of my user accounts are set up so that they have the log in name "username-domainname.com". I'd like to ...
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Trying to make terminal alias

I'm trying to create an alias in my .bash_profile to run an application in the terminal window (Julia programming language), the same way you would run Python from the terminal window by typing ...
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Finder treating symbolic links differently than terminal MacBook Pro Retina OS X 10.9.4

I created symbolic link jboss7 for hard link jboss-as-7.1.1.Final-downloaded and it worked fine in Finder. Then I made backup before modifying JBoss... ln -s jboss-as-7.1.1.Final-downloaded jboss7 ...
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Restoring original files from the trash by aliases

Someday in the future, (definitely not today) I might find myself in the following situation and be in need of assistance: Lets say I was trying to clean up my desktop and tried to move many files ...
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How to remove iCloud alias from iMessage

I created an alias for my iCloud email address and then added it as another address I could send and receive iMessages from. I have subsequently deleted the alias from iCloud email. However, the ...
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Set Alias for Terminal Window in Applescript

After opening multiple terminal windows and running commands in them, it becomes difficult to send another command to a specific terminal window. How can we set an alias for each terminal window so ...
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How to drag icon in Preview to a folder and copy instead of aliasing?

After downloading a PDF, Preview automatically opens and I'm able to look at the file. Often times I want to move the file to somewhere other than Downloads. In Mavericks I'm able to click on the ...
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How to create an alias for IP address for JDBC connection?

I have the “db” alias in my JDBC connection specified in the Java properties file for MYSQL. This alias does not currently work on my local computer. I would like not to change the properties file ...
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Adding a username alias using the command line

How do I add a username alias using the command line? I can do it fine using the preferences dialog through the "Advanced Options", but I need to do it during an installation script. Can someone ...
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How to make an alias link to a Windows server folder

On our server (windows 2012) we have a folder for Scan files called server/scans/(username). I know how to setup link from windows PC so that user can access the scans. How do I setup the same thing ...
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AppleScript to show package contents of hidden original of alias

I'm writing an AppleScript that will be run from within Automator, because ultimately I will define a keyboard shortcut to call it as a Service. I don't know any way to have a Service appear in an ...
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make it easier to call often used terminal commands

I have a java tool that I use quite often from the command line but to use it I have to type java -jar dsim.jar. I want to make it so that I can call it just by typing dsim regardless of what ...
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SMB Share (Linux) and Aliases of Folders always require a login

We do share our files through an SMB Share on our Linux-Server. We use individual users but with the same rights to the SMB Share. In some cases we need to alias folders from one folder to another on ...
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How to get the shortest file size on aliases?

I realize a bit of why they are so big. Actually, they used to be small enough (around 2kb) and still magical about keeping the file link. I can also see a few ways to "shorten" it, including one ...
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Burn folder equivalent for creating zip files

Is it possible to create a directory to group aliased files and folders together with a view to compressing them? Ideally I will create an alias to each file and folder within the main folder and ...
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Mount Folder in Maverick

I want to mount a folder to another folder. My reasoning is: I have a free box.net account with 50GB, but it does not include versioning. So I would like to put the folder under git. But I do not want ...
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OS X won't create any symbolic links, creates aliases instead

No matter how I try to create an symbolic link OS X refuses to play along and instead creates an alias. I've tried several tools and also through the terminal using the ln command. I am on a fresh ...
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Find the target of an alias or link in Quicksilver

Can I find the target of an alias or symbolic link using Quicksilver? I don't find a way to do so on this Quicksilver reference which is the best source I know of at this point.
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Add color to custom ls alias

I created an alias to display permissions in octet format: alias lso="ls -l | awk ' { k=0; for (i=0;i<=8;i++) k+=((substr($1,i+2,1)~/[rwx]/)*2^(8-i)); if (k) printf("%0o ",k); ...
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How to edit Symbolic Links in OS X?

I had painstakingly gone through and created symlnks to a whole host of files in my system. I couldn't use aliases because they were failing to be copied with RSync, and also certain apps I use to ...
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Alias\symbolic link icons

I installed Mavericks on an external SSD drive and now want to point my music, pictures and video to ones on my previous drive. I created a link using ln command, a link was created. I launched ...
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How to send an email through an outlook.com alias email address on iOS?

Outlook.com (past Live Mail / Hotmail) allows creation of email aliases associated to one main account, which is very convenient. Using Exchange ActiveSync with an iOS device works really well on all ...
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Find a specific file with automator

The basic question is: How can I pass a filename to the Spotlight search module in Automator? The essential problem: I have hundreds of broken aliases scattered throughout a particular ...
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How to make Rsync copy alias files?

System specs: 2011 iMac, OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4 I have come to understand that Rsync does not handle Mac Alises properly, and have now discovered that hundreds of aliases I've previously copied ...
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Maintaining alias links when moving original files across drives

When I move the original file that an alias point to, the alias is still able to find the file in it's new position. But not when I move the original files across drives. I'd like to move a bunch of ...
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Difficulty setting the 'Open with app' to an alias

I am trying to set MacVim, installed via homebrew, to be the default HEX file editor. I started this task by creating an alias to MacVim.app located in /usr/local/Cellar/macvim/7.3-61 and placing the ...
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Make shortcuts to directories via terminal

My problem is: whenever I'm coding, I work inside folders that are inside other folders and it's a long way to type: cd /folder1/folder2/.../folderN I know it's possible to make a shortcut to the ...
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How to persistently define aliases in Terminal

I want to add aliases to my environment so that they are available in all Terminal instances. I got this answer: Yes, you can put it in your .bashrc, .bash_profile or .profile. On some systems ...
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Alias to ssh and cd into a specific directory

I want an alias to SSH into another machine and then CD into a specific directory. I try: alias appl="ssh 9@lon.orb.com; cd /opt/tomcat/instances/" It does not work. Any ideas?
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changed user path and lost aliases in .bash_profile

I reinstalled mountain lion recently and had to reset my git path. Everything was working fine until I realised I had to do it for every project so I tried to change the default system path by sudo ...
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is there a way to list all the aliases that point to a file or folder?

I have a folder that I know I've made aliases of, but I need to find where those are. Is there a way to list all the aliases that point to this folder?
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Finding Where Alias Points Even With Deleted File

Can I find where an alias was pointing to, if the file is deleted?
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update to 10.8.3 from 10.7.5 broke many (all?) existing aliases

I depend a lot on aliases to files and folders. Just after upgrading, most of those I've checked, aliases that worked before the upgrade, fail now. I get the usual error message, "...the original ...
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Can an alias be added to the dock via the command line?

I found this article but it handles the GUI solution. I would like to automate the setup of a new machine, and do that I've created Dropbox shares of a number of my common configurations. (I could ...
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How to create an alias with drag and drop?

In MacOSX, when dragging a file or folder one can force a copy instead of a move by pressing option. I think that there used to be a way to alternatively create an alias but can't find which key to ...
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Looking for a tool for creating or editing file and folder bookmarks (finder aliases)

I created a bookmark / Alias (via finder) for an smb share after mounting it. That's quite fine and working for me at it's best. It automatically mounts the smb store when acessing the alias and I can ...
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Why are the alias so big in filesize in Mountain Lion?

I noticed the alias(es) that I create in Mountain Lion are very big in filesize (for example an alias to a folder is 5.8MB!) Compared to Leopard, they were just about 500KB. Why is this? and is ...
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Is there an application that can check for broken aliases in Finder?

I use a lot of aliases in my file system. Many original documents are placed in global repositories and I access them by aliases grouped in "tag" folders. Therefore, when I need to delete such a ...
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can I point my Pictures folder to a folder in an external hard drive?

I would like to save some space on my laptop and to do so I was thinking of moving my Pictures folder on an external hard drive. As OSX doesn't want me to mess around with the main folders in my home, ...
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Apple alias in Mail and iCloud revealing my identity

I've set up a few email aliases in iCloud under pseudonyms. If I receive an email to one of them (e.g. "Alias Name <pseudonym@icloud.com>), and I try to reply in Mail for Mac, it uses the ...
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Adding SMB share to sidebar in OSX Mountain Lion

Is there a way to add an SMB share to the sidebar in Finder, such that when I click on the alias, it mounts the share and opens it up like a regular folder? You can do this in Linux and Windows, and ...
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How do I create a shortcut link from the dock to an application?

I'm trying to put a link to Outlook Express in my dock but can't see how it's done. When I right-click on the application icon in a finder window, "Make Alias" is not one of the options available, so ...
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How can I use application aliases pointing to a secondary partition and launch them via Spotlight menu?

I have an SSD with two (bootable OS X) partitions. I don't want to have duplicate installations of most of my applications. So I made some OS X proprietary aliases in one of the two /Applications ...
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How do I make a terminal alias that edits root owned files in a GUI text editor?

How can I quickly edit root owned files like /etc/hosts and /etc/apache2/httpd.conf in a text editor such as TextEdit which would let me do modern text editor operations, without actually running the ...